User Data Theft by XIAOMI – Everything you need to know!

Xiaomi Data Breach : Xiaomi has been accused of collecting browsing data from its users, according to a new sensational report by Forbes. Here is everything you need to know..

Xiaomi has been accused of collecting browsing data from its users, according to a new sensational report by Forbes. Xiaomi is India’s largest smartphone maker, but these new acquisitions could dent the company’s reputation in the country. As per the report, The data stolen by Xiaomi includes users’ browser history, accessed services, app usages, music, and video preferences.

When cybersecurity researcher Gabi Cirlig examined the Mi Browser on the Redmi Note 8, he found that the phone was collecting a users’ behavior including websites visited, search queries in Google.

Things get a little tricky, when Cirlig found that the tracking continued even when the phone’s browser was set to private or “incognito” mode.

Researchers also found that even searches on the so-called privacy-centric DuckDuckGo web browser were being sent to China.

Forbes cited multiple security researchers who said that the company was collecting information on unique numbers identifying a device as well as the version of Android it’s running.

Cybersecurity researcher Andrew Tierney reportedly found that the Mi Browser Pro and the Mint Browser — which have more than 15 million downloads through Google’s Play Store — collected the same data.

Xiaomi’s reaction:

On the other hand, one of the spokes person from Xiaomi denied this news and stated that “Every company can access the user data and they did the same. However, the company acquires the user data is anonymous and does not know the identity of the user” he added.

“We feel they have misunderstood what we communicated regarding our data privacy principles and policy.”. Xiaomi India Managing Director Manu Kumar Jain also posted a video and a note stating that the details showing the Mi Browser collecting unnecessary information.

Also saying the accusations while browsing and sending the user data to other countries “is incorrect and not true.”

Xiaomi denying all the allegations, by the above-mentioned researchers of the data collection. Amidst we were able to see a software update targeted only towards updating their browser. Xiaomi’s reaction to this make them look evil in this picture.

Privacy has always been a major concern with Xiaomi’s smartphone. Which also is the reason these smartphones are strictly banned for High ranked personnel. We also recommend users to properly read the terms and condition while agreeing to share the data.

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